sepheronx wrote:franco wrote:George1 wrote:So MiG-29s are 75 in total including the 14 MiG-29K and 34 MiG-29SMT of former Algerian deal?
Also Su-27s are only 140? I thought their number exceeded 200 aircrafts
Does not include the 29K's, they just started pilot conversion training last month and are not operational yet but it does include the SMT's.
The Combat operational Mig-29 squadrons are at Kursk (2), Millerovo (2) and Erebuni (1). There are many 29's still in training units in at least 9 locations.
Again with the Su-27's, there are 5 squadrons of either Demonstration Flights or training aircraft also. The total above is Combat Units only.
OK, that makes more sense about the Su-27's. Now the ones used for demonstration flights or training flights can also be used for Combat if needed, right? Or are they lacking in specific equipment?
Yes, they can and in fact the Demo flights at Kubinka, just outside of Moscow, maintain aircraft and pilots as the Reaction Fighters for the Capitals defense. And during the Chechnya wars plus the Georgian conflict, the regular units were so poorly trained and maintained that most combat action came from the pilots and aircraft of the training units... not the case today.